Thomas Sandora MD

Thomas Sandora, MD, MPH

Senior Associate Physician in Medicine; Hospital Epidemiologist; Medical Director, Infection Control

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

  • Contact: 617-919-2900

  • Fax: 617-730-0254

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Healthcare-Associated Infections
  • Infection Control and Prevention
  • Infectious Disease

Departments

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicine

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Division of Infectious Diseases
To schedule an appointment: Call 617-919-2900

Experience and Education

Education

Medical School

Harvard Medical School,

Boston, MA

Graduate School

Harvard School of Public Health,

Boston, MA

Fellowship

Pediatric Infectious Diseases - Boston Children's Hospital,

Boston, MA

Residency

Pediatrics - Boston Combined Residency Program,

Boston, MA

Residency

Chief Resident - Boston Children's Hospital,

Boston, MA

Certifications

  • Pediatrics

  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Publications

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  1. Brennan-Krohn T, Pica N, Sandora TJ, McAdam A. The Brief Case: Safe To Go Back in the Water? Vibrio parahaemolyticus Wound Infection Associated with Brackish Water. J Clin Microbiol. 2016 Jun; 54(6):1414-5.
  2. Brennan-Krohn T, Pica N, Sandora TJ, McAdam A. Closing the Brief Case: Safe To Go Back in the Water? Vibrio parahaemolyticus Wound Infection Associated with Brackish Water. J Clin Microbiol. 2016 Jun; 54(6):1672.
  3. Sandora TJ, Fung M, Melvin P, Graham DA, Rangel SJ. National Variability and Appropriateness of Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis in US Children's Hospitals. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Jun 1; 170(6):570-6.
  4. Cocoros NM, Kleinman K, Priebe GP, Gray JE, Logan LK, Larsen G, Sammons J, Toltzis P, Miroshnik I, Horan K, Burton M, Sims S, Harper M, Coffin S, Sandora TJ, Hocevar SN, Checchia PA, Klompas M, Lee GM. Ventilator-Associated Events in Neonates and Children-A New Paradigm. Crit Care Med. 2016 Jan; 44(1):14-22.
  5. Flett KB, Ozonoff A, Graham DA, Sandora TJ, Priebe GP. Impact of Mandatory Public Reporting of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections on Blood Culture and Antibiotic Utilization in Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015 Aug; 36(8):878-85.
  6. Bender JM, Virgallito M, Newland JG, Sammons JS, Thorell EA, Coffin SE, Pavia AT, Sandora TJ, Hersh AL. Infection prevention and control practices in children's hospitals. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015 May; 36(5):597-600.
  7. Kinlay J, Flaherty K, Scanlon P, Mehrotra P, Potter-Bynoe G, Sandora TJ. Barriers to the use of face protection for standard precautions by health care providers. Am J Infect Control. 2015 Feb; 43(2):169-70.
  8. Coffin SE, Klieger SB, Duggan C, Huskins WC, Milstone AM, Potter-Bynoe G, Raphael B, Sandora TJ, Song X, Zerr DM, Lee GM. Central line-associated bloodstream infections in neonates with gastrointestinal conditions: developing a candidate definition for mucosal barrier injury bloodstream infections. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Nov; 35(11):1391-9.
  9. Dubberke ER, Carling P, Carrico R, Donskey CJ, Loo VG, McDonald LC, Maragakis LL, Sandora TJ, Weber DJ, Yokoe DS, Gerding DN. Strategies to prevent Clostridium difficile infections in acute care hospitals: 2014 update. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Sep; 35 Suppl 2:S48-65.
  10. Marschall J, Mermel LA, Fakih M, Hadaway L, Kallen A, O'Grady NP, Pettis AM, Rupp ME, Sandora T, Maragakis LL, Yokoe DS. Strategies to prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections in acute care hospitals: 2014 update. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Sep; 35 Suppl 2:S89-107.
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  12. Marschall J, Mermel LA, Fakih M, Hadaway L, Kallen A, O'Grady NP, Pettis AM, Rupp ME, Sandora T, Maragakis LL, Yokoe DS. Strategies to prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections in acute care hospitals: 2014 update. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Jul; 35(7):753-71.
  13. Dubberke ER, Carling P, Carrico R, Donskey CJ, Loo VG, McDonald LC, Maragakis LL, Sandora TJ, Weber DJ, Yokoe DS, Gerding DN. Strategies to prevent Clostridium difficile infections in acute care hospitals: 2014 Update. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Jun; 35(6):628-45.
  14. Sandora TJ, Graham DA, Conway M, Dodson B, Potter-Bynoe G, Margossian SP. Impact of needleless connector change frequency on central line-associated bloodstream infection rate. Am J Infect Control. 2014 May; 42(5):485-9.
  15. Ganapathi L, Pierre K, Hollowell M, Sandora TJ. An adolescent presenting with a pleural mass. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014 May; 53(5):504-6.
  16. Sandora TJ, Gerner-Smidt P, McAdam AJ. What's your subtype? The epidemiologic utility of bacterial whole-genome sequencing. Clin Chem. 2014 Apr; 60(4):586-8.
  17. Sandora TJ. Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control for Children: Report From the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Pediatric Leadership Council. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2014 Mar; 3(1):4-6.
  18. Demirjian A, Finkelstein Y, Nava-Ocampo A, Arnold A, Jones S, Monuteaux M, Sandora TJ, Patterson A, Harper MB. A randomized controlled trial of a vancomycin loading dose in children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Nov; 32(11):1217-23.
  19. Sammons JS, Gerber JS, Tamma PD, Sandora TJ, Beekmann SE, Polgreen PM, Hersh AL. Diagnosis and Management of Clostridium difficile Infection by Pediatric Infectious Diseases Physicians. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2014 Mar; 3(1):43-8.
  20. Klieger SB, Potter-Bynoe G, Quach C, Sandora TJ, Coffin SE. Beyond the bundle: a survey of central line-associated bloodstream infection prevention practices used in US and Canadian pediatric hospitals. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2013 Nov; 34(11):1208-10.
  21. Zaghi J, Zhou J, Graham DA, Potter-Bynoe G, Sandora TJ. Improving stethoscope disinfection at a children's hospital. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2013 Nov; 34(11):1189-93.
  22. Lamousé-Smith ES, Weber S, Rossi RF, Neinstedt LJ, Mosammaparast N, Sandora TJ, McAdam AJ, Bousvaros A. Polymerase chain reaction test for Clostridium difficile toxin B gene reveals similar prevalence rates in children with and without inflammatory bowel disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Sep; 57(3):293-7.
  23. Kociolek LK, Sandora TJ. National variability in surveillance, testing, and infection prevention for Clostridium difficile infection in pediatric populations. Am J Infect Control. 2013 Oct; 41(10):933-5.
  24. Buber J, Bergersen L, Lock JE, Gauvreau K, Esch JJ, Landzberg MJ, Valente AM, Sandora TJ, Marshall AC. Bloodstream infections occurring in patients with percutaneously implanted bioprosthetic pulmonary valve: a single-center experience. Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2013 Jun; 6(3):301-10.
  25. Sandora TJ, Dolan SA, Harbarth S, Huang SS, McAdam AJ, Milstone AM. Identifying antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitalized patients: what is the role of active-surveillance cultures? Clin Chem. 2013 Nov; 59(11):1556-60.
  26. Kelly MS, Conway M, Wirth KE, Potter-Bynoe G, Billett AL, Sandora TJ. Microbiology and risk factors for central line-associated bloodstream infections among pediatric oncology outpatients: a single institution experience of 41 cases. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2013 Mar; 35(2):e71-6.
  27. Hong H, Morrow DF, Sandora TJ, Priebe GP. Disinfection of needleless connectors with chlorhexidine-alcohol provides long-lasting residual disinfectant activity. Am J Infect Control. 2013 Aug; 41(8):e77-9.
  28. Sandora TJ, Esbenshade JC, Bryant KA. Pediatric infectious diseases fellowship training in healthcare epidemiology: a national needs assessment. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2013 Feb; 34(2):195-9.
  29. Sandora TJ, Goldmann DA. Preventing lethal hospital outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. N Engl J Med. 2012 Dec 6; 367(23):2168-70.
  30. Hermos CR, Sandora TJ, Williams LE, Mosammaparast N, McAdam AJ. Changing epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization in paediatric intensive-care units. Epidemiol Infect. 2013 Sep; 141(9):1983-92.
  31. Flett K, Youngster I, Huang J, McAdam A, Sandora TJ, Rennick M, Smole S, Rogers SL, Nix WA, Oberste MS, Gellis S, Ahmed AA. Hand, foot, and mouth disease caused by coxsackievirus a6. Emerg Infect Dis. 2012 Oct; 18(10):1702-4.
  32. Brigham KS, Woods ER, Steltz SK, Sandora TJ, Blood EA. Randomized controlled trial of an immunization recall intervention for adolescents. Pediatrics. 2012 Sep; 130(3):507-14.
  33. Tamma PD, Sandora TJ. Clostridium difficile Infection in Children: Current State and Unanswered Questions. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2012 Sep; 1(3):230-43.
  34. Sandora TJ. Hand sanitizer and cough hygiene can reduce the number of influenza A infections in school children. J Pediatr. 2012 May; 160(5):881-2.
  35. Muniz J, Sethi RK, Zaghi J, Ziniel SI, Sandora TJ. Predictors of stethoscope disinfection among pediatric health care providers. Am J Infect Control. 2012 Dec; 40(10):922-5.
  36. Sandora TJ, McAdam AJ. Photo quiz: an 11-year-old with abdominal pain. J Clin Microbiol. 2012 Apr; 50(4):1139, 1508.
  37. Kelly M, Conway M, Wirth K, Potter-Bynoe G, Billett AL, Sandora TJ. Moving CLABSI prevention beyond the intensive care unit: risk factors in pediatric oncology patients. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2011 Nov; 32(11):1079-85.
  38. Sandora TJ, Fung M, Flaherty K, Helsing L, Scanlon P, Potter-Bynoe G, Gidengil CA, Lee GM. Epidemiology and risk factors for Clostridium difficile infection in children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2011 Jul; 30(7):580-4.
  39. Rangel SJ, Fung M, Graham DA, Ma L, Nelson CP, Sandora TJ. Recent trends in the use of antibiotic prophylaxis in pediatric surgery. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 Feb; 46(2):366-71.
  40. Wylie MC, Graham DA, Potter-Bynoe G, Kleinman ME, Randolph AG, Costello JM, Sandora TJ. Risk factors for central line-associated bloodstream infection in pediatric intensive care units. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010 Oct; 31(10):1049-56.
  41. Sandora TJ. Prevention of healthcare-associated infections in children: new strategies and success stories. Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2010 Aug; 23(4):300-5.
  42. Nakamura MM, McAdam AJ, Sandora TJ, Moreira KR, Lee GM. Higher prevalence of pharyngeal than nasal Staphylococcus aureus carriage in pediatric intensive care units. J Clin Microbiol. 2010 Aug; 48(8):2957-9.
  43. Costello JM, Graham DA, Morrow DF, Morrow J, Potter-Bynoe G, Sandora TJ, Pigula FA, Laussen PC. Risk factors for surgical site infection after cardiac surgery in children. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Jun; 89(6):1833-41; discussion 1841-2.
  44. Sandora TJ, Smole SC, Lee GM, Chung S, Williams L, McAdam AJ. Test characteristics of commercial influenza assays for detecting pandemic influenza A (H1N1) in children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2010 Mar; 29(3):261-2.
  45. Brigham KS, Sandora TJ. Neisseria meningitidis: epidemiology, treatment and prevention in adolescents. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2009 Aug; 21(4):437-43.
  46. Gaies MG, Morris SA, Hafler JP, Graham DA, Capraro AJ, Zhou J, Landrigan CP, Sandora TJ. Reforming procedural skills training for pediatric residents: a randomized, interventional trial. Pediatrics. 2009 Aug; 124(2):610-9.
  47. Costello JM, Graham DA, Morrow DF, Potter-Bynoe G, Sandora TJ, Laussen PC. Risk factors for central line-associated bloodstream infection in a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2009 Jul; 10(4):453-9.
  48. Sandora TJ, Desai R, Miko BA, Harper MB. Assessing quality indicators for pediatric community-acquired pneumonia. Am J Med Qual. 2009 Sep-Oct; 24(5):419-27.
  49. Sandora TJ, Pfoh E, Lee GM. Adverse events after administration of tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine to healthcare workers. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2009 Apr; 30(4):389-91.
  50. Gidengil CA, Sandora TJ, Lee GM. Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccination of adults in the USA. Expert Rev Vaccines. 2008 Jul; 7(5):621-34.
  51. Sandora TJ, Gidengil CA, Lee GM. Pertussis vaccination for health care workers. Clin Microbiol Rev. 2008 Jul; 21(3):426-34.
  52. Sandora TJ, Shih MC, Goldmann DA. Reducing absenteeism from gastrointestinal and respiratory illness in elementary school students: a randomized, controlled trial of an infection-control intervention. Pediatrics. 2008 Jun; 121(6):e1555-62.
  53. Costello JM, Morrow DF, Graham DA, Potter-Bynoe G, Sandora TJ, Laussen PC. Systematic intervention to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infection rates in a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit. Pediatrics. 2008 May; 121(5):915-23.
  54. Gaies MG, Landrigan CP, Hafler JP, Sandora TJ. Assessing procedural skills training in pediatric residency programs. Pediatrics. 2007 Oct; 120(4):715-22.
  55. Taveras EM, Sandora TJ, Shih MC, Ross-Degnan D, Goldmann DA, Gillman MW. The association of television and video viewing with fast food intake by preschool-age children. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2006 Nov; 14(11):2034-41.
  56. Sandora TJ, Taveras EM, Shih MC, Resnick EA, Lee GM, Ross-Degnan D, Goldmann DA. A randomized, controlled trial of a multifaceted intervention including alcohol-based hand sanitizer and hand-hygiene education to reduce illness transmission in the home. Pediatrics. 2005 Sep; 116(3):587-94.
  57. Sandora TJ, Harper MB. Pneumonia in hospitalized children. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2005 Aug; 52(4):1059-81, viii.
  58. Sandora TJ, Goldmann DA. Medical errors detected and corrected by a pediatric infectious diseases consultation service. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2005 Apr; 26(4):417-20.
  59. Sandora TJ, Bernstein HH. Neonatal jaundice, animal-induced injuries, and immunizations. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2001 Aug; 13(4):377-85.
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